“Of course, there is a scandal here. A terrible policy scandal.”

Michael Leeden is talking Iran… and more specifically, Obama’s failed Iranian policies:

IranianOppositionOf course, there is a scandal here.  A terrible policy scandal.  The Obama administration didn’t do — and still hasn’t done — anything to help the opposition in Iran.  The Green Movement’s top leaders have been held in solitary confinement for more than a year.  Thousands of dissidents, journalists, bloggers, and normal citizens have been imprisoned, tortured, and executed, and the dreadful repression continues apace, as does the terror war against us and our soldiers on the battlefield.  The president has still not called for an end to the monstrous theocratic tyranny.  Instead, he has catered to the needs of the evil regime, at the cost of American lives, our national security, and his personal legacy.

He should have listened to the Greens in 2009 when they asked rhetorically: “Will (the countries of the West) continue on the track of wishful thinking and push every decision to the future until it is too late?”

So far, he has done just that, and thereby become an accomplice to evil.

You need to read the whole thing as there’s tons more and it all needs public airing.

The consequences of this administration’s actions (or lack thereof) may be extremely difficult to overcome.

Keep this in mind as November approaches.

There’s so much at stake.

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  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    Reading this – the punchline of a joke regarding sharks and lawyers comes to mind.

    “Professional Courtesy”

    I never would have thought it, but Obama’s plumbing depths that Jimmy Carter didn’t even scratch.

    Come to think of it – where, in Obama’s voluminous (hah!) legislative history and experience was there anything that gave even the slightest hint that he’d know WTF to do when the shit hit the fan? Right now, I’m thinking he’s trying to figure out how to vote “Present” on this – afraid to make any sort of committment in any direction. If he supports the opposition, he’ll lose what little support he’s getting from the regime. If he supports the regime, he’ll look like someone who’s against freedom, which will get him a lot of flak from the pundits and press.

    It’ll be instructive when he finally makes up his mind.

  • Commander_Chico

    The last thing an opposition group in Iran wants is help from the USA.  They have said so.  Overt help from the USA would obviously allow the regime to paint the opposition as foreign agents. The USA helps with media – like Voice of America TV and radio in Farsi, and also some support for civil society organizations outside Iran.

    Ledeen is a shady character who is just beating the drum for war with Iran.  He was involved in propagandizing for war with Iraq, too, and has been mentioned as a conduit for the forged Niger uranium documents that were used as justification for war with Iraq.

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2006/07/10/closing-in-on-the-niger-uranium-hoax/

    So any “memo” he is flogging has the credibility of the Hitler Diaries or Dan Rather’s Bush ANG records.

    This is just propaganda for war with Iran.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

       Don’t you have some Jews to round up, Herr Chico?

      • Commander_Chico

        I’m sure you’ll be volunteering to fight Iran, won’t you?

        America first.

      • hyperboliszt

        Accusations of anti-semitism are often lazy and stupid, as is the case here. You’re insufferably fucking boring for someone who holds himself in such high regard.

        • SoBeRight

           No need for the F word.

    • The_Weege_99

      The issue is not that Obama did not give them help, he didn’t even bother to mention their uprising, publicly express any support for their quest for freedom and self-determination or condemn the Mullahs and Ahmadinejad for their brutal suppression. It was a “Mr.Gobachev, tear down this wall!” moment, and he was AWOL on it.

      That’s the issue – his lack of leadership and courage. And the world suffers from that lack.

      Furthermore, you ruin any valid argument you have when you malign the character of the person you disagree with after constructing a strawman argument that he is pushing for any specific help.

      Then you throw in some conspiracy theory nonsense about forgeries, and you completely undermine the valid point you made in your first paragraph.

      • herddog505

        It’s not only that.  We did the whole “kinetic military action” thing in Libya for reasons that are vague, hazy, ill-explained, and otherwise incomprehensible, and Barry is FINALLY managing to issue a few sharply-worded notes about Syria’s bloody crackdown (or are they what libs consider to be “reforms”?).  But Iran?  Never heard of it.

        • Commander_Chico

          reasons that are vague, hazy, ill-explained, and otherwise incomprehensible

          Like Iraq?  Man, in looking up stuff about the falsified pre-war intelligence on Iraq, I wondered why there was no real accountability there.  

          Libya was basically like Iraq, except Libya cost less than a billion and there were no US deaths, and Iraq cost more than a trillion with 4486 US military deaths and tens of thousands maimed and mentally injured.  Libya was all about gaining commercial advantage and new contracts for western countries, with getting rid of the erratic Gaddafi as a secondary motive.  Iraq was about the opportunities offered by increasing oil and gas production in an Iraq unbound by sanctions.  Similar.

          As far as Syria goes, you must have missed Susan Rice’s rant about the “disgusting” veto of Russia and China of the UNSC resolution that would have opened the door to military action in Syria.   You also missed Hillary’s promise last week at the “Friends of Syria” conference that the “resistance” will be getting weapons. 

          The USA, in a strange alliance with Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, Israel, Qatar and Turkey, wants to open another Pandora’s Box in the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia wants its Sunni Salafi Muslim Brotherhood friends in control.  Israel wants chaos in Syria and an end to Syrian and Iranian support to the Shia Hezbollah.  The USA is going along with Saudi Arabia and Israel.  It might not work out so well for Christians and Alawites when the secular Syrian Baathist regime is replaced by the Friends of Al Qaeda, but who cares?

          Getting Syria out of the way and shutting down Hezbollah also assists in the next big war – with Iran.

          • herddog505

            Commander_ChicoLibya was basically like Iraq, except Libya cost less than a billion…

            Oh, well, that makes it OK, then.

            /sarc

            As for the rantings of Susan Rice and Hillary “Tripoli or Bust!” Clinton, they amount to those “sharply-worded notes” I was talking about.  Call me back when your Nobel Peace Prize-winning hero* actually bombs… er, initiates kinetic military action against, I should say… the “reformer” Baby Assad.

            (*) And AIN’T he better than Bush!  Why, Bush went in to Iraq based on phony intelligence to um… er… well, oil has something to do with it.  Barry, on the other hand, doesn’t need an excuse to go and bomb Muslim countries.  But so long as it only costs us money and Tomahawk missiles, it’s all good.

          • Commander_Chico

            First, you appear to be carping about action in Libya and inaction in Syria. Make up your mind – are you in favor of kinetic action to protect revolting Arabs or not?

            I was against action in Libya and against action in Syria – I am just pointing out how quaint it is when someone who probably thought Iraq was a great idea complains about Libya, since the adverse effect on the USA from Iraq is, and will be, several orders of magnitude greater.

            It’s like giving John Wayne Gacy a pass and complaining about a shoplifter.

          • herddog505

            I’m in favor of neither: Libya did not and Syria does not pose a real danger to the United States, though we owe both regimes a bad turn and the world would be a cleaner place with both Khadaffi and Baby Assad in a grave (or smeared on the edges of a 500 lbs bomb crater).

            I realize that this is an unresolvable argument, but BASED ON WHAT WE KNEW THEN*, Saddam DID pose a threat to the United States, just as Iran does now.  We simply cannot afford to let hostile and looney nations have weapons that can do such horrible damage to ourselves or our allies.  Let’s also remember that Bush didn’t just decide after 9-11 on the basis of one or two dodgy pieces of evidence that Saddam was a bad guy: we had quite a little history with him, including missile attacks by our old pal Slick Willie.

            I do not think it wise for us to wait around to find out – perhaps the hard way – that Tehran has a Bomb.

            ===

            (*) While I enjoy Monday morning quarterbacking as much as the next guy, I realize that there’s a time and a place for it.  Otherwise, I’d be plumping to dig up Wilson, FDR, and Truman to “try” them for the stupidity of NOT getting us ready for the wars that we eventually fought on their watches.  Intelligence failures cut both ways.

          • Commander_Chico

            Yeah, like the threat from North Korea from having a bomb.  Oh, wait . . .

          • herddog505

            I’m in favor of neither: Libya did not and Syria does not pose a real danger to the United States, though we owe both regimes a bad turn and the world would be a cleaner place with both Khadaffi and Baby Assad in a grave (or smeared on the edges of a 500 lbs bomb crater).

            I realize that this is an unresolvable argument, but BASED ON WHAT WE KNEW THEN*, Saddam DID pose a threat to the United States, just as Iran does now.  We simply cannot afford to let hostile and looney nations have weapons that can do such horrible damage to ourselves or our allies.  Let’s also remember that Bush didn’t just decide after 9-11 on the basis of one or two dodgy pieces of evidence that Saddam was a bad guy: we had quite a little history with him, including missile attacks by our old pal Slick Willie.

            I do not think it wise for us to wait around to find out – perhaps the hard way – that Tehran has a Bomb.

            ===

            (*) While I enjoy Monday morning quarterbacking as much as the next guy, I realize that there’s a time and a place for it.  Otherwise, I’d be plumping to dig up Wilson, FDR, and Truman to “try” them for the stupidity of NOT getting us ready for the wars that we eventually fought on their watches.  Intelligence failures cut both ways.

      • Commander_Chico

        The Niger uranium documents which were used to justify war with Iraq are admitted forgeries.  It’s not “a conspiracy theory,” it’s not in dispute that the documents were forgeries.  It’s a proven conclusion of the CIA and the Senate Committee on Intelligence, see the report here, from page 57:  (pdf)
        http://web.mit.edu/simsong/www/iraqreport2-textunder.pdf

        You are obviously unfamiliar with Michael Ledeen and the issue of the origins of the Niger forgeries, and his connections in Italian intelligence, where the Niger forgeries came out of.   Vince Cannistaro, the former chief of CIA counterterrorism, pointed the finger at him: (pdf)

        http://www.yuricareport.com/Iraq/CannistraroTranscriptV.1.0_NigerForgeries.pdf

        IM: Do we know who produced those documents? Because there’s some suspicion . . .
        VC: I think I do, but I’d rather not speak about it right now, because I don’t think it’s a proven case . . .
        IM: If I said “Michael Ledeen” . . . ?
        VC: You’d be very close . . .

  • LiberalNitemare

    Obama is too busy overthrowing the American govt. He doesn’t have time for the Iranian govt too.

    • 914

      Yeah! It’s a wonder he can squeeze so many golf vacations in-between his busy destruction of America tour..

  • 914

    Well… In a worse case scenario Barry can always pull out his secret weapon and bow and capitulate til’ kingdom come..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

    Meanwhile, the problems of Syria go unanswered by the media while everyone focuses on Iran…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

      Speaking of Bradley Manning, that Stratfor leak is VERY interesting.  Looks like Holder has had a “secret” grand jury investigation going on regarding Assange.

      Hell, they didn’t even need to persecute Manning, but that was being done just to silence whistleblowers.

  • GarandFan

    When Barry isn’t faced with an easy decision, he dithers.  It’s safer (for Barry) that way.

    Just another example of ‘leading from behind’.

  • JWH

    Though you dismiss him above, Chico raises a valid point:  What if the United States undermines the Iranian opposition by overtly supporting it?  

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Then we should overtly support the regime in charge now, to secretly undermine it?

      Hmmm.

      Seems to me that’d just legitimize their excesses.  

      I’m probably wrong on this, but with the way things are in the ME, I don’t believe it’d make any real difference if we went in guns blazing, or backed in with our pants down dragging a barrel of KY.  The whole area’s a mess, and the haters will find some reason, ANY reason to see America as the Great Satan.

      • JWH

        Well, literal “guns blazing” should be right out.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have any appetite for another war and occupation in the Middle East.  

        Aside from that, JLaw, I would posit that there are no good options in the Middle East.  There’s only bad, less bad, and more bad.  As you say, the place is a mess.  And even if we lend support to revolutionaries in Iran, there’s no guarantee the new revolution will like America any more than the old revolution.

        I favor more or less what we’re doing right now — heavy sanctions, buttressed by other nations as much as possible.  And …. let’s get to work on our own oil reserves.  I firmly believe the industry has overestimated what’s available in shale oil and whatnot, but I’m all in favor of drilling for what we have.  The best thing we can do about the Middle East, IMO, is to make it irrelevant by developing our own sources of energy.  

  • Hugh_G

    You know if there were a hurricane in the mid-west you nitwits would find a way to blame President Obama.

    You do remember that it was you crazies who used to whine about BDS? Sure you do.

    • LiberalNitemare

       You do remember that it was you crazies who used to whine about BDS? Sure you do.

      I remember that President Bush was actually blamed for a hurricane in the South East. And global warming, and forest fires. Where was your voice of reason then?

      • Hugh_G

        Of course you have it wrong. He wasn’t blamed for the hurricane. He was rightfully blamed for not giving a shit about what it was doing to the people of New Orleans as he flew 30,000 feet above it with a photo op looking out a window.

        You do remember the quote about “Brownie” don’t you? If not I’ll be happy to give it to you.

        Sheeesh…

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          And I recall him explicitly not landing because he didn’t want to disrupt the air traffic going into New Orleans.  Actual relief flights, not touristic photo-op flights.  The emphasis was on taking care of the people, not generating a good press opportunity.

  • ackwired

    The author is full of criticism of the results.  But I don’t see any positive recommendations for a policy that would work better.

    • Sky__Captain

      The author is pointing out (in his opinion) where the Obama Administration is incorrect in their assessments and actions regarding Iran.

      I sort of thought that coming up with positive solutions would be the President’s job – him being the President and all. Maybe it’s above his pay grade. It’s definitely over his head.

      • ackwired

        It sounds like even though we have Iran surrounded with military bases and have slapped the most severe peacetime sanctions in history on them, folks don’t like the result and have no idea what to do.

    • Commander_Chico

      Their only recommendation is war.

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